It was a love story, so I watched-- I’m a romance freak (as evidenced by my webpage).
Based on the true story of Donna and Ricardo Thorton, a retarded couple who marry and have a child (please don’t slam me for using the word “retarded”. I don’t remember what the latest PC wording for retarded is.) The movie shows them to be exactly as the title claims, profoundly normal. I thought the movie was great. But it left me with a few questions.
1)Donna’s friend Margret-- Donna asks in an interview section “Is there a difference between retarded and crazy?” Seeing the way they were brought up in the home, I find it amazing that all of them did not end up with emotional problems. Was Margret’s inability to live independantly because of her retardation or because of some sort of mental illness?
2)The movie made it seem as if the general public was behind them in their marriage, but the tide turned when they had a child. Not because of their retardation, but because the child was a mixed race child. Was this just the movie picking up on a new obsticle and running with it or was the general public really more upset about the miscegenation than the fact that two retarded people where raising a child?
3)I noticed in the Special Olympics spot the real family did that the son, although not retarded, spoke with the slow cadence that those who a retarded use. I was wondering if this was done for the commercial or does he actually speak that way (in the movie, he didn’t)
4)The rape of Donna and Lerlean and the subsequent death of Lerlean. This disturbed me greatly. There was no investigation? Did the authorities actually believe the girls did that to each other or did they just not want to stir any trouble? Donna’s social worker seemed dubious, but did nothing. This really made me want to jump up and kick somebody’s ass.
Kristy Alley was quite good, I’m surprised to say. So, did you watch? What do you think?